The video shows Adam Toledo raising his hand before the officer fired one shot; A gun was recovered from the scene, police said.
The Chicago Police Accountability Office released body-camera video footage Thursday showing a police officer shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy in an alley more than two weeks ago.
The nine-minute video began with an unidentified police officer getting out of his squad car and running behind Latino Adam Toledo in an alley on the morning of March 29 in Little Village, on the west side of town.
The video then showed the officer approaching Toledo before shouting “stop” and instructing him to show his hand. The Toledo officer appeared to raise his hand before firing and then ran towards the boy as he fell to the ground.
“Shoot, shoot. Get an ambulance here right now, ”the officer was heard in the video.
The Chicago Police Department said shortly after the incident that Toledo had a gun in his hand. It is not clear in the video whether he did it during the shooting, although the Associated Press reported that authorities claimed investigators recovered a gun from the scene.
Officers were chasing Toledo and another man after receiving a notification of gunfire in the area, the office said.
“Several troops met in an alley around 2.30am on March 29 and we failed Adam,” Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot told a news conference before the video was released.
The city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released third-party videos and other material related to the incident.
The same thing happened with Sunday Down Wright’s deadly police shots The trial of the murder of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the Minneapolis suburbs and the death of George Floyd in May 2020 has raised tensions in Chicago.
“Chicago, as well as most parts of our country, has a long legacy of police violence and police misconduct that many residents, especially those who are black and brown, have fallen into constant fear and anguish,” Lightfoot said.
City officials have urged people to remain calm as they prepare Civil unrest After the video footage was released. They said more police officers and city equipment would be in place to protect the business during any unrest
Like other American cities, Chicago experienced riots and looting after Floyd’s death, which was captured on video.
The Toledo family said in a statement to local media that they appreciated the support they received from the community and that protests in Chicago over the past few days showed they were grateful. Remained peacefully.
“We pray that for our city, people will live in peace to honor the memory of Adam and work constructively to promote reform,” the family said.